I hardly stay awake until late but last week it was tough week. We purchased house on an auction and we didn't know if we did good decision and the thought of mortgage kept me awake until late for 2-3 days but almost back to normal now. :-)
When I think too much and allow my thoughts to consume me. Remember one of the quotes by Marilyn Vos Savant "A good idea will keep you awake during the morning, but a great idea will keep you awake during the night".
If I have a lot to do the following day, I have to try really hard not to think about it. I don't like a lot of things hanging over my head so I want to get started ticking off the list - if I think about it at bedtime, I will not be able to easily fall asleep.
I have trouble with my body being tight. I used to have thoughts that kept me awake, like family issues. Then I decided not to think about issues beyond my control. I play a relaxing audio on my IPhone for sleep problems. I fall asleep fairly quickly with the audio.
I am thinking about why my traffic has sudden fluctuations I couldn't figure out. I have tweaked them, title tuned and everything possible. The activity kept me up all night too. But in the end all is well as the blue traffic lights disappeared.
I've discovered that the nature of the thoughts is not the core issue for me; the brainwave state is. If I stay on the computer right up until bed-time, I know I'll be consumed by thoughts about work. I'm passionate about my work, but living my work life in my head before I fall asleep is not productive.
Once I learned more about beta brainwaves, I understood why this state of mind can be so hard to break out of. Beta brainwaves are ideal for a busy state of mind, such as getting through your To-Do list. On a chart where you can see the various brainwaves compared, it even *looks* busy. And shallow.
I read somewhere that it's important to allow your brain to progress through the brainwaves in a healthy pattern on the way to falling asleep. If you skip one brainwave, it may affect your sleep for the entire night.
Your question is very timely for me. I've slipped back into bad habits, staying on the computer right up till bed-time. I had just finished journaling on that issue before I saw this question. At the end of the journaling I wrote down what time I have to shut down my computer by each night (9 p.m.).
Whenever I consciously do this (turn off my computer earlier), I automatically turn to activities that will ease me out of beta and into alpha, which is the best brainwave for relaxation and reflecting. Reading while listening to an audio of ocean waves is my favorite pre-bed-time pursuit.
Best of luck with the physical and mental challenges that keep you awake at night. Being a former severe insomniac due to PTSD, I empathize deeply.
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